Driving and the Elderly: When to Give It Up
Driving has always been linked with independence. With seniors? Perhaps a bit too radical, some might point out. Imagine when you have been driving all your life and then one day you’ll just stop. Not a pleasant scene, right?
So what age can you actually stop driving? Let’s take a look at some stats.
According to the Institute for Highway Safety, those 80 years of age and above tend to have the highest fatal accident rates. This results from various physiological and psychological causes. As one ages, he often experiences stiffer joints and muscles, deterioration of eyesight, hearing impairments, slower reflexes, shorter attention span, among others.
Again, when is the right time to stop driving? Well, it depends on various factors. If you notice that you have been becoming unsafe while on the road, that may be the best time. Have you noticed people honking at you all the time? Am I getting more distracted than I used to be? Am I having difficulty moving my foot in between pedals? If yes, it may be beneficial to stop driving already.
True, it may be quite uncomfortable at first, especially if you have been used to driving ever since. But with assistance from your trusted friends, family members, loved ones and other care providers (especially if you are receiving home care services), you are in good hands.